The Environment Agency of Iceland has decided to temporarily close Reykjadalur valley to visitors due to environmental strain. The valley, located in South Iceland, is popular among tourists and locals for its natural beauty and hot springs.
“A large number of tourists visit Reykjadalur every day,” the Agency’s statement reads. “Due to changes in weather, warming and wetness on the walking path, the strain on the path and its surroundings is formidable.”
Reykjadalur valley is on the Icelandic nature reserve registry. The closure is intended to protect the vegetation and landscape around the walking path. The agency plans to review the situation within the next two weeks.